Brandon Davidson has been sent to the Montréal Canadiens in exchange for centre David Desharnais.
A southpaw, the 30 year old Desharnais has been limited to 31 games this season due to a knee injury. In 31 games, he's scored ten points (4-6-10).
Desharnais had been healthy scratched in six consecutive games prior to returning Saturday against Toronto.
He's in the last season of a four year deal with a $3.5 MM AAV.
Desharnais gives the Oilers a little flexibility for the bottom six. He's not particularly strong on the dot (47.8% in 2016-17) His two most common linemates were Paul Byron and Andrew Shaw, and as you can imagine, there's...not a lot of offence there. I'm not expecting a bunch of points, but if we see more David Desharnais and and maybe Mark Letestu gets some LW time instead of Matt Hendricks, then this might work.
More to come.